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Work: Carmen

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ComposerBizet, Georges (1838-1875)
PeriodRomantic
Year1875
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
John Spencer IV; Martha Collins; Sarasota Opera; David P Gordon; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Lisa Chavez; Cody Austin

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Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
Andrea Molino; Jean-Louis Grinda; Théâtre du Capitole; Alfonso Caiani; Rudy Sabounghi; Françoise Raybaud Pace; Clémentine Margaine

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Bizet: Carmen
Mario Venzago; Stephan Märki; Stadttheater Bern; Philipp Fürhofer; Claude Eichenberger; Jordan Shanahan

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Ivan Repušić; Ole Anders Tandberg; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Erlend Birkeland; Maria Geber; Clémentine Margaine; Charles Castronovo

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Bizet: Carmen
Hendrik Vestmann; Sebastian Baumgarten; Komische Oper Berlin; Thilo Reuther; Ellen Hofmann
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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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Carmen the butcher at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Marcus Lieberenz
Stage director Ole Anders Tandberg casts Carmen as the leader of a gang of human organ dealers.
***11
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A striking Carmen in Bregenz

Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) and Scott Hendricks (Escamillo) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Karl Forster
This summer’s production of Bizet’s Carmen on the Seebühne stage in Bregenz offers a great spectacle. 
****1
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Clémentine Margaine's Carmen seduces in Naples

Stefano Secco (Don José) e Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Luciano Romano
The staging highlighted Carmen’s rebellious traits more than her sensual exoticism.
***11
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Carmen as therapy in Aix

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Carmen) and Michael Fabiano (Don José) © Patrick Berger | artcompress
Love may well be a rebellious bird, but that's as nothing to maverick director Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose twisted staging for Festival d'Aix reimagines Bizet's opera as a radical therapy session.
**111
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